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Agency Rejects Endangered Listing for Southeast Alaska Wolf

posted Apr 18, 2016, 11:32 AM by chloe owens

1/5/16, by Dan Joling, Alaska Dispatch News

Agency rejects endangered listing for Southeast Alaska wolf

A federal agency has concluded that a southeast Alaska wolf affected by logging and hunting does not merit placement on the endangered species list. The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island and neighboring islands do not warrant additional protections…The wolves den in root systems of large trees and their main prey is Sitka black-tailed deer. The agency estimates the Alexander Archipelago population throughout its range at 850 to 2,700 wolves. Environmental groups wanted wolves on Prince of Wales and nearby islands to be considered a distinct population segment. The Fish and Wildlife Service concluded they didn’t qualify.  “The population does not persist in an unusual or unique ecological setting; loss of the population would not result in a significant gap in the range; and the population does not differ markedly from other populations based on its genetic characteristics,” the agency said.